In celebration of Older Americans Month, Common Sense Digest explores the topic of Colorado’s aging workforce and the impact it will have on our state’s future. Older Americans Month is an annual event dating back to 1963, when President John F. Kennedy designated May as Senior Citizens Month, later renamed Older Americans Month, honoring older Americans, and celebrating their contributions to our communities and our nation. If you’d like to learn more about Older Americans Month, visit Administration for Community Living.

Pertinent to this discussion is the recent CSI report: Colorado’s Future: The Impact of an Aging Workforce. Chairman and Host Earl Wright welcomes the report’s co-authors, Karen Brown, CEO and Ambassador of iAging and Aging2.0 Denver Chapter and Alexa Eastburg, Research Analyst with Common Sense Institute. They discuss their remarkable findings about the current labor shortage, the projected increase in older workers, what the government, corporations and individuals can do about it, and attempt to project a path for the future. It’s an episode that impacts business in every single sector, so these insights are germane across industries.

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Karen Brown CEO and Ambassador of iAging and Aging2.0 Denver Chapter, a catalyst for Gerontechnology and “Think Different” Aging Solutions. An advocate for the aging population with a mission to seek out, promote and assist in the development and funding of innovations and technologies that improve the lives of seniors, their caregivers, families, and society as a whole.

Alexa Eastburg is a Research Analyst with Common Sense Institute. She graduated from Coe College in May of 2021 with a B.A. in Economics, Managerial Accounting, and Business Administration. She is a Research Analyst at Common Sense Institute. Her experience covers analyzing workforce, crime, and education issues in the state of Colorado.